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Specker Memorial Library provides information resources for students and faculty at Calumet College of St. Joseph. There are over 100,000 volumes of books, 88 current paper periodical titles, and 1,417 multimedia items including videos in the collection. Electronic resources are available through the library and the College’s computer labs, as well as from outside the library through the Library’s web page: The electronic resources include an online catalog, Pegasus; ebooks or electronic books; online periodical databases including many full-text periodical articles, legal resources, Internet resources, and access to other area libraries. Free delivery of periodical articles and books from other libraries is available through an interlibrary loan service.

Mission Statement

Specker Library of Calumet College of St. Joseph provides information resources and services that support the college's mission and educational programs. Librarians collect materials and furnish access to information across various formats to promote a liberal education, training for careers, and the development of lifelong learning skills for a culturally diverse student population.

Vision Statement

The staff at Specker Memorial Library is committed to transforming our present facility into a library for the 21st century. We will create access to library information and services without regard to time and space limitations. We will create an environment within the physical library that is user friendly, student centered, and provides the tools necessary for research in a digital world. We will create a virtual library with electronic access to library information and services to our students, faculty and staff.

Library Loan Periods

Books (Regular Collection)

3 Weeks


1 Week


Library Use Only

Reserve Material

See Below

Most materials may be renewed in person, over the phone, or on the library's web site on Pegasus, the library's online information system.


Regular Collection Material

$0.25 per day*

Reserve Material

$2.00 per day

Lost Items (more than 30 days late)

Replacement Cost Plus $10.00 Processing Fee

*Items in the regular collection that are returned before they are 3 days late will have the fines waived.

Library Cards

The CCSJ photo ID card also serves as your library card and must be presented in order to check out library materials. Cards may be obtained through the Library Circulation Desk. ID cards must also be obtained in order to activate CCSJ’s network and email accounts.

Reserve Material

Instructors may place items on Reserve for use by students which may be obtained from the Circulation Desk. Reserve materials may be used in the library or can be checked out either in house, overnight,or for three or seven day loan periods. To insure that students have equal access to Reserve items, Reserve material fines are $2.00 per day for each overdue item. Please see Specker Library’s Reserve procedures for forms and additional details.


IUPUI University Library
IUCAT Catalog (IUPUI holdings only)


Public Libraries


Porter County Public Library
Valparaiso, Portage, South Haven, Kouts, Hebron

Illinois / Other

Library Gift Policy

Since its founding, Calumet College of St. Joseph (CCSJ) has benefited from gifts of materials to Specker Memorial Library. The Library welcomes gifts that fall within the scope of its collecting activities and which support the College's academic programs. Of particular interest are scholarly or rare items with research value that are in good physical condition.

Gifts of Money

Funds for Library purposes are always welcome. Information on making contributions to the Library, establishing endowment and naming opportunities may be obtained from the CCSJ Development Office, in consultation with the Director of Specker Memorial Library.

Gifts of Materials

The Library accepts gifts of materials with the understanding that, upon receipt, the Library becomes the owner of the materials. The Library will use the materials to best serve the College, whether by addition to the Library's collections, donation to another institution, sale, trade, or recycling. The Library will not normally accept restricted donations; archival materials are subject to other criteria. No Library collects everything, and every gift requires evaluation, sorting, comparing with the current collection, cataloging, and processing in some way. For this reason, we carefully evaluate all potential gifts in order to expend the Library's resources wisely. Large collections that are not suitable for Specker Memorial Library and that will take much work for little return may be regretfully declined. The Library will be glad to work with these donors to find more appropriate locations for their materials.

Appraisals and Tax Information

Donors are required by the IRS to obtain their own evaluations. As an interested party, the Library is not allowed to provide appraisals. The Library will be glad to refer donors to qualified appraisers. Of course, Calumet College of St. Joseph will acknowledge gifts by letter.

Delivering Gifts of Materials

Specker Memorial Library will be glad to accept small gifts, not more than one boxful, in the Director's Office. Arrangements for delivering larger collections of materials to the Library should be made in advance through the Director's Office. If you have questions or would like to discuss making a gift to the Library, please contact: Qi Chen, Director, Specker Memorial Library at 219-473-4375 or

Reference Services And Bibliographic Instruction

Specker Library offers reference services and bibliographic instruction from a professional librarian. In addition, all members of the college community (both on and off campus) can receive individualized help tailored to assist them with their questions, class assignments and projects. Faculty members can schedule instructional sessions for their classes and can also receive specialized acquisition assistance for their particular content areas.
Individual, group, or class reference/bibliographic instruction can be arranged by contacting our Reference Librarian via phone at 219-473-4376.

*You can also ask at the Circulation Desk for Reference assistance.

Specker Memorial Library

Calumet College of St. Joseph
2400 New York Ave. Whiting, IN 46394

Phone: (219) 473-4374

Qi Chen | MLIS, Ed.D

Director of Library Services
Room 164A
(219) 473-4375

Milan Kolundzija

Reference / Electronic Resources Librarian
Room 162A
(219) 473-4376

Specker Library

  • (219) 473-4373


  • Hours
    Monday - Thursday:
    8:30 A.M. - 8:30 P.M.

    8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

    8:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.